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Opting Out: Losing the Potential of America's Young Black Elite
Why has the large income gap between blacks and whites persisted for decades after the passage of civil rights legislation? More specifically, why do African Americans remain substantially underrepresented in the highest-paying professions, such as science, engineering, information technology, and finance? A sophisticated study of racial disparity, Opting Out examines why ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by University of Chicago Press
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Non-Fiction Books on the African-American Middle, Upper, and Elite Class
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Beasley is concerned that high achieving Black students (students at Stanford and Berkeley) are opting out of high status/high pay careers and into more segregated "helping" careers (e.g., social work and teaching). She does a good job documenting the processes that lead them to see helping careers as desirable and other careers as undesirable. She also makes a compelling case for why this pattern isn't desirable at the macro level. There was some interesting information about how race/class dyn ...more
IQ "Further, because racism is endemic and built into the structure and institutions of American life, attacking inequalities in a minimal number of areas via a small number of channels is limiting. [...] Radicalized occupations are neither ineffectual nor obsolete, but they are no longer sufficient to create the wide-ranging, long-term changes that are needed by the African American communities these students wish to serve. It is therefore imperative that black college students become better in ...more